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From Calif. Teachers, More Nuanced Views On Tenure

Warhaftig, who spoke with NPR member station KPCC, is very clear: He wants tenure protections for teachers — especially against dismissals that could be political or capricious. What if a veteran teacher, he asks, is targeted for layoffs to meet a principal’s bottom line? “If job stability were removed from the equation, I don’t know that someone like me would have gotten into the profession for the long run,” he says.

But Warhaftig says problems with tenure and dismissal need to be addressed. He says the state panel that reviews dismissals — which includes union representatives — overturns way too many firings. So some administrators, he says, have simply thrown in the towel on trying to get rid of really bad teachers.